Teaching Fellowships

The Numeric Teaching Academy (NTA) provides Teaching Fellowships for university graduates to train to become maths teachers. The Fellowships consist of three main components: the post graduate certification in education (PGCE) through UNISA (distance learning); content, practical and classroom management workshops at the Academy; and a teaching internship at one of Numeric’s afterschool programs in Khayelitsha, Mfuleni or Mitchells Plain. It is an intensive, yet rewarding program in which you will learn much about mathematics, teaching, and yourself. Students who apply and are accepted join a vibrant and friendly community of people who are passionate about maths education.

Teaching Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. The Numeric Teaching Academy is located in Cape Town.

Candidates who are accepted into the Academy are referred to as Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows typically spend their mornings in Academy-related training activities (mathematics content and pedagogy, lesson planning, education theory, professional communication, etc.) and spend two afternoons per week coaching in Numeric afterschool programs. Teaching Fellows are expected to work through their Unisa PGCE modules in their own time, as the Unisa PGCE is a distance learning program. The Numeric Teaching Academy does provide additional support for these Unisa modules in the form of once-off workshops, and our past and current students have been very successful in their studies. We believe this provides the ideal mix of practice and theory required to produce great teachers.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. The application season for 2018 will run from May 15 to September 15, 2017.

1. Pre-requisites

There are three basic requirements for applying to the Teaching Academy:
  • 1. You must have completed or be in your final year of completing a bachelor's degree or three-year diploma.
  • 2. You must have completed maths at first year level or otherwise have passed pure maths at matric level with a minimum of 65%.
  • 3. You must have completed one other school subject to at least second year level.

We are looking for people who are passionate about mathematics and who express a genuine motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession.

2. Funding

The Academy covers the full cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. Additionally, all Teaching Fellows are placed into Numeric's afterschool programs where they will coach (and earn) for the duration of their qualification. The funding for these Fellowships is provided by large institutions and companies who wish to assist in the training of South African maths teachers.

3. Calendar

The Teaching Fellowship is a one year, full-time program that commences in December with a two-week coach training camp and continues through to the following December. The provisional calendar for 2018 is laid out below.

Training (2017)

Dates Description
December 2017 Two week coach training held in Cape Town

Semester 1 (2018)

Dates Description
22 Jan - 28 Mar Term 1
29 Mar - 06 Apr Easter Break
09 Apr - 15 Jun Term 2
18 Jun - 06 Jul Winter Break

Semester 2 (2018)

Dates Description
09 Jul - 24 Sep Term 3
01 Oct - 05 Oct Spring Break
08 Oct - 30 Nov Term 4
03 Dec - 07 Dec Graduation

4. How To Apply

Applications for 2017 are now closed. The application season for 2018 will run from 15 May to 15 September 2017

The application for our 2018 intake is now open. Candidates should complete the online application and upload relevant documents on Numeric’s website by Friday, 1 September, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in September and Fellowships will be awarded in October. Successful applicants attend a two-week coach training camp in December and commence regular Academy activities in January 2018.

5. Registration Deposit

Candidates who are awarded a Teaching Fellowship are required to pay a registration deposit of R1750 by 31 October 2017 in order to secure their position at the Academy. This deposit will be refunded to the candidate upon successful completion of the first term at the Academy (March 2018).

6. Teaching Qualification

The Academy has partnered with UNISA for the provision of the post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE). As such, Teaching Fellows will complete the 10 UNISA modules required to obtain their PGCE. Once obtained, Teaching Fellows can then register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and apply for full-time positions in South African schools.

7. Numeric Teaching Academy Training

In addition to the Unisa PGCE, Teaching Fellows complete courses in mathematics content and pedagogy, and professional communication at the Academy. It is important to note that the Academy has its own set of academic requirements. These include content tests, lesson planning portfolios, practical teacher training, and professional communication modules. We believe these are valuable additions to the Unisa PGCE as they provide the practical skills required for a teaching career. These requirements must be met to ensure that candidates maintain their Teaching Fellowships.

8. Teaching Internships (Coaching)

All Teaching Fellows are placed into paid teaching internships in one of Numeric's partner schools. These are located in Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni. Teaching Fellows coach two afternoons per week throughout the year (including during the teaching practical periods). This equates to three to five hours of coaching each week, plus travel and preparation time.

While our partner schools are located in lower-income areas, Numeric expends considerable effort in partner school recruitment and aims to identify school leadership and management teams who share our vision and who can provide our Teaching Fellows with the support and infrastructure they require to create high impact learning environments. The Academy's team of program managers provide additional mentorship and support to Teaching Fellows throughout their internships.

9. Community

One of the most valuable aspects of the Teaching Academy is the community of peers that Fellows will establish during their qualification. We are a friendly, passionate and dedicated group of people who believe deeply in our ability to shape and change society through education. The friendships that Fellows make during their year at the Academy will endure long after the qualification is complete, and will provide them with a valuable network of peers with whom they can share their teaching experiences, ideas and know-how throughout their career.

10. Placements

Following graduation from the Academy, Teaching Fellows will be expected to teach in a South African public school for at least one year. The Academy will assist Teaching Fellows in securing placements by creating networking opportunities, assisting with CV development and interview skills, and providing references.

11. Components of Fellowship

Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program in September. Teaching Fellowships are awarded conditional upon candidates’ acceptance into the UNISA PGCE. All Teaching Fellows attend a two-week coach training in early December during which they will cover the content, pedagogy and classroom management skills required to complete their teaching internships the following year. They will also meet their fellow candidates who will provide a valuable support network to them during the qualification process.

Teaching Fellows split their time into three separate activities each week:

1. Academy Training (16 hours per week)
Academy training takes place Monday through Thursday each week from 08h30 - 13h00 with a coffee break mid-morning. The major emphasis of the Academy training is mathematics content and pedagogy, as well as personal and professional development. It is important to note that the Academy has its own set of academic requirements. These include content tests, lesson planning portfolios, practical teacher training, and professional communication modules.
2. Teaching Internships - Coaching (6 hours per week)
Following training in December, Fellows are placed into one of the Academy’s after-school programs located in Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni (in Cape Town). Here they are assigned a group of 25 learners with whom they will work throughout the year. Teaching Fellows meet with their learners two afternoons each week, and take them through an intensive curriculum in Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra. Teaching Fellows also attend fortnightly meetings where they will participate in ongoing training, learn from others coaches who are working in our after-school programs and share ideas.
3. UNISA Modules (distance learning; at least 8 hours independent work per week)
Teaching Fellows are expected to work through the UNISA PGCE modules through distance learning in their own time. This includes working on assignments and preparing for end of semester exams. The Academy provides support for the Unisa PGCE in the form of writing support and one-off workshops. The majority of the work will be done independently.

In addition to these activities, Teaching Fellows participate in two teaching practicals during the year.

4. Teaching Practicals (Two five-week practicals)
Teaching Fellows will do two in-school teaching practicals during the year, one in April/May and the other in August/September. These practicals form part of the Unisa PGCE and are separate from the Teaching Internships. Teaching Fellows are assigned a mentor teacher at their school who oversees training and development during this time.

We believe the mix above provides candidates with an intensive, yet well-rounded introduction to teaching mathematics. Perhaps as important as the curricular aspects of the program is the network of peers and friendships established between Teaching Fellows. A good teacher never stops improving, and the community of practice formed between Teaching Fellows provides a lifelong source of inspiration and support in the teaching vocation.

12. Location + Contact

The Numeric Training Academy is located in Observatory, Cape Town, near a range of easily accessible transport hubs. All training takes place at the Academy, while the part-time teaching internships are located at Numeric partner schools located in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Mfuleni. The teaching practicals take place at schools across Cape Town, depending on convenience.

Please submit all queries to teach@numeric.org. We target a 24-hour turnaround on queries but request your patience during application season as we experience a higher than usual number of queries during this time.

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